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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Newport/Morehead City NC
517 AM EST Tue Mar 6 2018

4TH THROUGH 10TH, 2018...

Today`s Topics: Ways to receive severe weather alerts, and
information about tomorrow`s Statewide Tornado Drill.

One of the keys to staying safe during the severe weather season is
making sure that you have a way to receive lifesaving severe weather
watches and warnings.  There are many methods and tools, some of
which are available with no cost or fees, that you can use to
receive these important lifesaving alerts no matter where you are at
home, at school, or at work.  Here is a partial list of these
methods and tools.

* NOAA Weather Radio (NWR):  NWR is a nationwide network of
  radio stations broadcasting continuous weather information from
  the nearest National Weather Service office.  Specially built
  receivers, which can be purchased at most electronics and large
  retail stores for less than $40, receive the NWR broadcast 24
  hours a day, 7 days a week, and sound an audible alert when
  official watches and warnings are issued for your area.  Think of
  these radios as a "smoke detector" for severe weather alerts.
* Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA):  With WEA emergency alerts can
  be sent to your cell phone or mobile device when you may be in
  harm`s way, without need to download an app or subscribe to a
  service.  In addition to other alert types such as
  AMBER alerts, this free service will transmit extreme weather
  warnings such as Tornado and Flash Flood warnings to your cell
  phone.  The alerts will look like a text message, and will
  typically show the type and time of the alert and any action you
  should take. WEA messages include a special tone and vibration.
  If you receive a WEA message, you should follow any action advised
  by the emergency message. Seek more details from your favorite TV
  or radio station, NWR, news website, desktop application, mobile
  application, or other trusted source of information.
* Cell phone apps:  There are many great cell phone apps that
  provide real-time NWS warnings and alerts, some of which are free
  to download and use, and others that may charge a small fee.  A
  simple search of your app provider will reveal many of these apps.
* Emergency Alert System (EAS) and your favorite TV and radio stations:

  EAS is the message dissemination pathway that
  sends warnings via broadcast, cable, satellite, and wireline
  services. EAS may be used by state and local authorities,
  including the NWS, in cooperation with the broadcast community,
  to deliver important emergency information such as severe weather
  information, AMBER alerts, and local incident information targeted
  to specific areas. In short, when severe weather strikes, it`s a good
  idea to tune to your favorite local TV or radio station or web site
  for detailed information about the severe weather threat.

In addition to the aforementioned alerting system, many communities
also offer free emergency alert notifications through their own
systems, such as reverse 911 phone systems. Be sure to check with
your local emergency management agency to learn what is available
in your area.

Tomorrow (Wednesday, March 7th) at 9:30 AM, the National Weather
Service in cooperation with local broadcasters will conduct a
statewide tornado drill.  The alarm test, which will come in the
form of a Required Monthly Test, will activate the State Emergency
Alert System and be carried by local radio broadcasters. Every
school, business, and residence is encouraged to participate in this
drill.  It`s really easy: at 9:30 AM on Wednesday, take a few
moments to practice your severe weather safety plan, and seek
shelter for a few minutes as if a tornado was headed your way.  To
help you prepare for this drill, be sure to visit the National
Weather Service`s severe weather preparedness website at where you can learn more about
seeking safe shelter when severe weather strikes. In addition,
throughout the day Wednesday, the NWS will feature NOAA Weather
Radio messages and social media posts that highlight severe weather
safety tips.

Be sure to take some time this week to learn more about severe
weather safety.  Learning and practicing severe weather safety when
the weather is good will allow you to react more quickly when the
weather turns bad.  You can learn more about severe weather safety
by visiting the North Carolina Department of Public Safety
preparedness website at  This web page features an
abundance of information, and links to a free cell phone app, that
will help you plan and prepare for the severe weather season. Once
again, that`s

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